When a Christian baker in Denver refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple, he saw it as an exercise of his religious freedom. They saw it as a violation of their civil rights. Watch as ARI experts unpack the crucial legal and philosophical issues in this Supreme Court case (Masterpiece Cakeshop).
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is as complicated as it is controversial. This summer I gave a talk that unpacks the conflict and makes it more intelligible. In the talk, which is now online, I explore how intellectuals conceptualize and debate the issue, and spotlight the distinctive value of an Objectivist perspective on it. The talk is a kind of preview of certain points in my upcoming book, “What Justice Demands: America and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Watch it now.
I talk with my colleague Steve Simpson about upcoming ARI events on the nature and importance of free speech.
What does it take to propel Objectivism as a philosophic movement? It’s essential to articulate the meaning of Objectivism and to exhibit its value in concrete form, by reference to the events, trends and developments of the times.
To that end, books are crucial. I took part in this panel with three of my colleagues from the Ayn Rand Institute. We discussed ARI’s strategy and the thinking behind it, and we took questions on our current book projects. Recorded July 6, 2016.
“Why Free Will Is Crucial to Explaining the Jihadist Movement.”
Recorded November 5, 2016.
Streamed live on Sep 14, 2016. American values are under attack from enemies at home and abroad. The 9/11 attacks should have been a wake-up call, but things have only gotten worse. Today, you face continued threats to your safety and constant calls to sacrifice cherished values—the freedom to think, to speak, and to pursue your own happiness.
In Paris and Copenhagen, jihadists have gone on killing sprees. In the Middle East, the Islamic State rampages. Years after bin Laden’s death, the Al Qaeda network lives on. Iran’s jihadist regime seeks to go nuclear. The jihadist menace persists. What animates it? What impact has the “war on terror” had on jihadists? In this talk, delivered at the Objectivist Summer Conference 2015, Ayn Rand Institute director of policy research Elan Journo addresses these important questions.
What is at the core of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict? Why has the conflict come to seem intractable? What, if any, is America’s stake in it? By exploring key elements of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, this talk by ARI director of policy research Elan Journo aims to make a forbidding, convoluted subject lucid.
Elan Journo assesses President Obama’s 2015 deal with Iran concerning nuclear weapons and economic sanctions.